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Dwayne Lawson to Virginia Tech: Hokies Land 4-Star QB Prospect

ACC secondaries better start worrying about Dwayne Lawson.

The 4-star high school quarterback announced that he's headed to Virginia Tech during Sunday night's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

Recruiting Insider Evan Watkins of 247Sports captured a quote from the newest Hokie, who said, "I decided to play ball at the University of Virgina Tech. All the players, they have the same thing in mind, they are hungry and they want to play young. We are on the rise."

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Lawson is the 10th-best pro-style QB in the 2015 recruiting class and ranks 254th overall.

Lawson originally committed to the Miami Hurricanes back in May. However, he revealed on Dec. 18 that he decided to spurn the 'Canes and look elsewhere:

Zach Abolverdi of The Gainesville Sun felt the Florida Gators had a chance to try to woo Lawson but that Virginia Tech sat in pole position:

While listed as a pro-style quarterback, Lawson gained 867 yards and scored 17 touchdowns on the ground in 2014, according to 247Sports. He's not a run-first QB by any measure, but he has the speed and athleticism to do some damage outside of the pocket.

On Nov. 10, ESPN's Recruiting Nation (ESPN Insider subscription required) highlighted one of Lawson's performances in which he gained 268 total yards and scored on passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns:

On Friday night, Lawson showed why he is one of the more athletic quarterback prospects in the country. The No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the ESPN 300 showed the ability to keep plays alive when in the shotgun spread throwing and running outside the pocket. His live arm was evident on a few deep passes that were placed perfectly over the top of coverage, and he also took what the defense gave him on several underneath throws, including a 22-yard scoring strike. As a runner he kept the defense honest. Lawson scored on a 15-yard scramble early in the second quarter where he was able to get outside and get to pay dirt.

Lawson possesses seemingly limitless upside because he has a great arm and great mobility for a pocket passer. His accuracy is a bit questionable, especially on deeper throws. With the right coaching staff, those problems can be solved.

The prep star still has a lot of room to grow, so it's unlikely he'll make an immediate impact in Blacksburg. Lawson's one of those QBs best served with a year or two on the bench so he can refine his skills before being thrown into the starting role.

This is a player who, over time, could blossom into an All-American quarterback.

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Jeff Driskel Will Reportedly Transfer to Louisiana Tech

Former Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel may have found his new home for 2015.

According to 247Sports' JC Shurburtt, the junior is headed to Louisiana Tech:

Former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the 2011 recruiting cycle per 247Sports Composite rankings, has informed other potential schools that he intends to transfer to Louisiana Tech, sources confirmed on Sunday.

The Bulldogs have been considered the likely team of choice for the former five-star for the past 24 hours.

The move doesn't come as a surprise.'s Greg Ostendorf reported Saturday that Florida released Driskel from his scholarship.'s Bob Redman added shortly after that the Bulldogs were in pole position for Driskel's services.

Since Driskel has already graduated from Florida, he can transfer schools without restriction and have one more year of eligibility, much like Russell Wilson did in 2011 and Greg Paulus in 2009, among others.

Louisiana Tech will have an opening at quarterback in 2015 following the graduation of senior Cody Sokol. Driskel shouldn't have to worry about much of a quarterback competition leading up to the first game of the year.

Given his struggles at Florida, there are still questions as to how much Driskel's addition will help the team. However, Sean Isabella of The News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana, argued that head coach Skip Holtz has had success with transfers in the past and that Driskel gives the Bulldogs a great chance to win immediately next year:

Driskel is essentially damaged goods, but Holtz has proved in the past he can turn transfers into impact players. Aside from Sokol, UL Lafayette transfer offensive lineman Joseph Brunson, Illinois transfer defensive end Houston Bates and LSU transfer wide receiver Paul Turner all played key roles in the Bulldogs' 2014 season.

Holtz is in win-now mode, and the 2015 roster backs that up. Although the Bulldogs lose 10 starters, the defense should be strong again, and the offense features running back Kenneth Dixon and an improving wide receiver corps. The missing link is a quarterback.

Sokol leaves big shoes to fill after throwing for 3,436 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2014 and helping Louisiana Tech beat Illinois in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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GoDaddy Bowl Toledo vs. Arkansas State: Live Score and Highlights

Date: Sunday, January 4

Time: 9 p.m. ET


For the fourth season in a row, the Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5) of the Sun Belt Conference are taking part in the GoDaddy Bowl. This year, they take on the Toledo Rockets (8-4) of the Mid-American Conference. 

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LSU Football: The Biggest Offseason Storylines for the Tigers

LSU did not end 2014 on a high note.

The Tigers were defeated 31-28 in the Music City Bowl by Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, a team that had lost their previous four games, raked in 449 yards of total offense led mostly by new starting quarterback Malik Zaire. 

In the same week, LSU also saw defensive coordinator John Chavis bolt to Texas A&M for the same position. The Tigers had never finished lower than fourth in the SEC in scoring defense since Chavis took over in 2009.

Head coach Les Miles has a full plate this offseason. Miles led his young Tigers to a mediocre 8-5 record in 2014, which was the first time he had not won 10 games since 2009. The pressure will only build for him to return to the SEC Championship Game, something he hasn't done since 2011.

Here are the biggest offseason storylines in Baton Rouge.

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Texas A&M Football: The Biggest Offseason Storylines for the Aggies

The Texas A&M football team will enter an offseason of change after the 2014 season. There will be multiple storylines which should keep Aggie fans enthralled with the team between now and the opening game in Houston against Arizona State. 

The Aggies had a very young team in 2014 and finished the season with a 8-5 record and a Liberty Bowl win over West Virginia. The 2015 offseason should be a time for the team to mature and get ready to take that next step to compete for the SEC title.

There have been multiple coaching changes since the end of the 2014 regular season as head coach Kevin Sumlin has looked for the right mixture on his staff. Sumlin has shown in the past that he will not hesitate to make changes in order to improve the performance of the team.  

This is a look at the biggest storylines facing the Aggies as they enter the offseason. 

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